Since the casino first opened its doors in 2011, it’s hard to find one violent incident. Casinos may have an inherent reputation of being a place where one can indulge in their taboo vices of drinking or gambling, and that can lead to violent incidents like the two that took place last weekend.
But these two incidents, in the short history of the casino, are isolated and should be treated as such. One black eye shouldn’t be a forever scourge, especially in a city built on second and third and fourth chances.
A search of homicide in conjunction with the casino turns up no results. Searching through pages of Google results, these most recent incidents are really the only stories of violence that have taken place on the casino’s grounds.
The first robbery – something pretty common for a place with a lot of people with cash on hand – didn’t even take place until a year after Resorts World first opened.
Resorts World Casino has been a non-offensive neighbor in southern Queens. It’s the type of neighbor whose style you may not always agree with, but he or she always greets you with a smile and is happy to lend you their lawnmower when yours isn’t working.
Whether you like the concept of having a casino in your neighborhood or not, you have to admit, this one isn’t doing a ton of harm.
It’s a symbiotic relationship to a mostly residential community with not a ton of industry. The casino gives people a safe place to go on a typical Friday or Saturday night and is a job provider in southern Queens.
Yes, the violent video of a dozen people brawling with chairs flying is ugly and a shooting outside is even uglier, but this isn’t an every weekend occurrence and we should give Resorts World Casino the benefit of the doubt.